Psychiatrists in Liberty Township, OH

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Dr. Benjamin S. Foreman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Liberty Township, OH 45011
Welcome! My name is Dr. Benjamin Foreman and I am a board-certified psychiatrist accepting new patients in the Mason/Liberty Township area. I received my undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University and completed medical training at University of Toledo. I then completed a 4-year adult psychiatry residency at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
Welcome! My name is Dr. Benjamin Foreman and I am a board-certified psychiatrist accepting new patients in the Mason/Liberty Township area. I received my undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University and completed medical training at University of Toledo. I then completed a 4-year adult psychiatry residency at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
(513) 450-3094 View (513) 450-3094
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Amanda Hardesty
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Liberty Township, OH 45044
Amanda is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner and was a previous trauma nurse of 10+ years. She has a vast array of experience in psychiatric services. Amanda's goal is to provide an empathetic, engaged and client centered service and care for medication management.
Amanda is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner and was a previous trauma nurse of 10+ years. She has a vast array of experience in psychiatric services. Amanda's goal is to provide an empathetic, engaged and client centered service and care for medication management.
(937) 860-2525 View (937) 860-2525
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OwlBridge Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, AGNP
Verified
Liberty Township, OH 45044
“Seek Wisdom” (the owl) originates from the knowledge that our providers have gained through their years of education and through their commitment to staying current on the dynamics and developments of an ever-improving and changing health care environment. Seek Wellness” (the bridge) is our commitment to educate and inform our patients so that they can take the most prudent course in ensuring their health and well-being. By following the medical and behavioral treatments of our providers, our patients can achieve the wellness that should define their lives.
“Seek Wisdom” (the owl) originates from the knowledge that our providers have gained through their years of education and through their commitment to staying current on the dynamics and developments of an ever-improving and changing health care environment. Seek Wellness” (the bridge) is our commitment to educate and inform our patients so that they can take the most prudent course in ensuring their health and well-being. By following the medical and behavioral treatments of our providers, our patients can achieve the wellness that should define their lives.
(937) 358-8186 View (937) 358-8186
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Harmony Mamutse
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Liberty Township, OH 45011  (Online Only)
Mental health does not define who you are, it does not have to take over your life. We all fight our inner - battles differently. Some need help to navigate through different emotional roadblocks. You should know there is hope for you to guide you and help you overcome your struggles whether you have depression, anxiety, PTSD or other mental health diseases. I will work with you to address the inner emotional issues that you experience. We will work together to analyze root cause, modify, treat and manage the behavioral health struggles you go through. I currently offer Telehealth psych services ONLY
Mental health does not define who you are, it does not have to take over your life. We all fight our inner - battles differently. Some need help to navigate through different emotional roadblocks. You should know there is hope for you to guide you and help you overcome your struggles whether you have depression, anxiety, PTSD or other mental health diseases. I will work with you to address the inner emotional issues that you experience. We will work together to analyze root cause, modify, treat and manage the behavioral health struggles you go through. I currently offer Telehealth psych services ONLY
(513) 717-5366 View (513) 717-5366
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Sirona Mental Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, FNP, PMHNP, NCMP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Liberty Township, OH 45044
I believe that individuals deserve a safe, nonjudgmental space to talk openly about their story. The health and medical world can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be. I work toward creating a warm and inviting environment where the client is an expert on self and the provider is an expert in support. Together, we explore health and mental wellness, pathways for progress, and best-fit care plans. Mental wellness is a journey, not a destination. My goal is to be a tool to each client through preventive and routine mental wellness, and each triumph and tribulation that they experience. - Dr. Cathleen McKnight
I believe that individuals deserve a safe, nonjudgmental space to talk openly about their story. The health and medical world can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be. I work toward creating a warm and inviting environment where the client is an expert on self and the provider is an expert in support. Together, we explore health and mental wellness, pathways for progress, and best-fit care plans. Mental wellness is a journey, not a destination. My goal is to be a tool to each client through preventive and routine mental wellness, and each triumph and tribulation that they experience. - Dr. Cathleen McKnight
(513) 866-3753 View (513) 866-3753

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Ronald Lee Tyson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, DMin, PMHNP-B, ANP-BC, CARN-AP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Mason, OH 45040
Lee Side Wellness is a psychiatric practice whose mission is to empathically enhance the lives of people impacted by psychiatric illness and addiction issues by fostering hope, help, and healing. Our approach is grounded in the core value that all people matter, are of sacred worth, and warrant the finest in psychiatric healthcare. Lee Side Wellness provides medication management and treats a variety of psychiatric conditions including: anxiety, depression, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and substance abuse. Lee Side Wellness provides care for patients of all ages.
Lee Side Wellness is a psychiatric practice whose mission is to empathically enhance the lives of people impacted by psychiatric illness and addiction issues by fostering hope, help, and healing. Our approach is grounded in the core value that all people matter, are of sacred worth, and warrant the finest in psychiatric healthcare. Lee Side Wellness provides medication management and treats a variety of psychiatric conditions including: anxiety, depression, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and substance abuse. Lee Side Wellness provides care for patients of all ages.
(513) 756-2680 View (513) 756-2680
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VirtualPsych™
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Middletown, OH 45042
VirtualPsych allows for telepsych healthcare remotely in an easy to use environment. Our physicians specialize in the treatment of conditions such as anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder and have over 30 years of experience in psychiatry and mental health. We accept a variety of insurance plans from providers including Aetna, CareSource and United Healthcare. We also cover most Medicaid and Medicare plans as well. We have appointments available on a daily basis and the time to see a physician is typically less than a few days. Please call us at (513) 540-2851 if you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment.
VirtualPsych allows for telepsych healthcare remotely in an easy to use environment. Our physicians specialize in the treatment of conditions such as anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder and have over 30 years of experience in psychiatry and mental health. We accept a variety of insurance plans from providers including Aetna, CareSource and United Healthcare. We also cover most Medicaid and Medicare plans as well. We have appointments available on a daily basis and the time to see a physician is typically less than a few days. Please call us at (513) 540-2851 if you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment.
(513) 540-2851 View (513) 540-2851
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Daniel S Hardy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, PMGT-BC
Verified
Hamilton, OH 45013
Most of my clients are queer, neurodivergent, chronically ill, and/or disabled. They may seek help with transition concerns, psychiatric medication, identifying/confirming a diagnosis, or therapy/support for living in a society that's a poor fit. Whatever their need, they're seeking someone comfortable with the diversity of experiences that our identities bring and how these intersect in society.
Most of my clients are queer, neurodivergent, chronically ill, and/or disabled. They may seek help with transition concerns, psychiatric medication, identifying/confirming a diagnosis, or therapy/support for living in a society that's a poor fit. Whatever their need, they're seeking someone comfortable with the diversity of experiences that our identities bring and how these intersect in society.
(513) 845-3284 View (513) 845-3284
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Nikki Ruoss
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
West Chester, OH 45069
Taking the first step in focusing on your mental wellness is huge - and can be a little overwhelming. Congratulations for making yourself a priority! My work focuses on the treatment and medication management of mental health disorders including depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, and bipolar. I have special interest in trauma, mindful-based therapy, and nutrition for mental health. I have a strong belief in creating an environment for decreasing mental health stigma, empowering individuals to achieve mental wellness, and lead fulfilling lives!
Taking the first step in focusing on your mental wellness is huge - and can be a little overwhelming. Congratulations for making yourself a priority! My work focuses on the treatment and medication management of mental health disorders including depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, and bipolar. I have special interest in trauma, mindful-based therapy, and nutrition for mental health. I have a strong belief in creating an environment for decreasing mental health stigma, empowering individuals to achieve mental wellness, and lead fulfilling lives!
(513) 949-4635 View (513) 949-4635
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Keshia Nichole Jordan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP, CARN-AP, FNP-BC
Verified
Hamilton, OH 45011
At Most Hope Treatment Center, we will help our clients with their mental health and addiction needs by providing convenient, compassionate, care and making their success the number one priority at our practice.
At Most Hope Treatment Center, we will help our clients with their mental health and addiction needs by providing convenient, compassionate, care and making their success the number one priority at our practice.
(513) 654-6327 View (513) 654-6327
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Mental Health Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CNP, PMHNP-B
Verified
West Chester, OH 45069
Hi, my name is Cassandra Hazelrig, and I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 25 years of healthcare experience. My work experience includes hospital and community mental health settings, serving patients with depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, PTSD, dual diagnosis, and other conditions. The first step toward healing is an accurate diagnosis, followed by a combination of effective medication management, lifestyle changes, and therapy techniques. We will work together to garner your inner strengths, learn new coping skills, and leap over stumbling blocks that prevent you from living your best life.
Hi, my name is Cassandra Hazelrig, and I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 25 years of healthcare experience. My work experience includes hospital and community mental health settings, serving patients with depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, PTSD, dual diagnosis, and other conditions. The first step toward healing is an accurate diagnosis, followed by a combination of effective medication management, lifestyle changes, and therapy techniques. We will work together to garner your inner strengths, learn new coping skills, and leap over stumbling blocks that prevent you from living your best life.
(513) 953-4359 View (513) 953-4359
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Dr. Cleopatra Enakhena
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Fairfield, OH 45014  (Online Only)
Are you an individual needing treatment for a mental health disorder? then, you are in the right Place. I serve a large population of mental health individuals. I am very passionate about providing the best care, including participating in the development of a safe and healthy environment that is people friendly and free of stigma's. I am compassionate, caring, empathetic, and a good listener. My goal is to keep utilizing my advanced skills to improve mental health and wellness in the society.
Are you an individual needing treatment for a mental health disorder? then, you are in the right Place. I serve a large population of mental health individuals. I am very passionate about providing the best care, including participating in the development of a safe and healthy environment that is people friendly and free of stigma's. I am compassionate, caring, empathetic, and a good listener. My goal is to keep utilizing my advanced skills to improve mental health and wellness in the society.
(513) 951-7379 View (513) 951-7379
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Ashley Altman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
West Chester, OH 45069  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
The decision to pursue psychiatric medication can be difficult! None of us like to admit that our brains and bodies need a little extra help. However, with comprehensive assessment, we can work together to identify your diagnosis and find a medication regimen that works best for you.
The decision to pursue psychiatric medication can be difficult! None of us like to admit that our brains and bodies need a little extra help. However, with comprehensive assessment, we can work together to identify your diagnosis and find a medication regimen that works best for you.
(513) 790-5177 View (513) 790-5177
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Helene Muhirwa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Fairfield, OH 45014
Immediate openings both virtual and in person with over 8 years of experience working with children, teens and adults. We provide medication management for Mental Health and Substance Use. We can help you or your loved one achieve full potential of mental Illness or become free of addiction. Please feel free to share what you are going through. In certain situations, you may think of an Urgent Care location for physical ailments such as a severe asthma or allergies. However, this clinic is specifically designed for behavioral issues such as panic attacks, severe depressions or substance use crisis.
Immediate openings both virtual and in person with over 8 years of experience working with children, teens and adults. We provide medication management for Mental Health and Substance Use. We can help you or your loved one achieve full potential of mental Illness or become free of addiction. Please feel free to share what you are going through. In certain situations, you may think of an Urgent Care location for physical ailments such as a severe asthma or allergies. However, this clinic is specifically designed for behavioral issues such as panic attacks, severe depressions or substance use crisis.
(614) 756-5649 View (614) 756-5649
Photo of Sarah Martin, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Liberty Township, OH
Sarah Martin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, PMHNP-, APRN-C
Verified
West Chester, OH 45069
Sarah Martin is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Ohio who has been practicing since 2013. Sarah strives to offer a safe and trusting environment for her clients on their path to mental wellness and healing. You know your child best of all! In this spirit, Sarah offers a personalized and family-centered partnership to help clients reach their personal best. Sarah has more than 10 years of child/adolescent mental health experience in the outpatient and inpatient care settings, including Cincinnati Children's Hospital Division of Psychiatry and Rocking Horse Community Health Center.
Sarah Martin is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Ohio who has been practicing since 2013. Sarah strives to offer a safe and trusting environment for her clients on their path to mental wellness and healing. You know your child best of all! In this spirit, Sarah offers a personalized and family-centered partnership to help clients reach their personal best. Sarah has more than 10 years of child/adolescent mental health experience in the outpatient and inpatient care settings, including Cincinnati Children's Hospital Division of Psychiatry and Rocking Horse Community Health Center.
(513) 506-2951 View (513) 506-2951
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Paul J Schwartz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Mason, OH 45040
I am a psychiatrist, psychopharmacologist, and psychoanalyst who has received my clinical and psychopharmacology training at Yale University, the National Institute of Mental Health, the VA Medical Center, and the Cincinnati Psychoanalytic Institute. I practice psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, and psychopharmacology. If you are having serious difficulties with your mental health, call me.
I am a psychiatrist, psychopharmacologist, and psychoanalyst who has received my clinical and psychopharmacology training at Yale University, the National Institute of Mental Health, the VA Medical Center, and the Cincinnati Psychoanalytic Institute. I practice psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, and psychopharmacology. If you are having serious difficulties with your mental health, call me.
(513) 770-1209 View (513) 770-1209
Photo of Obed Anya, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Liberty Township, OH
Obed Anya
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
West Chester, OH 45071
Patient with mental health problems like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, PTSD or patients having difficulties adjusting with various changes worry about being listened to or understood. These patients are going through a lot in life and they deserve to be heard.
Patient with mental health problems like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, PTSD or patients having difficulties adjusting with various changes worry about being listened to or understood. These patients are going through a lot in life and they deserve to be heard.
(513) 951-5637 View (513) 951-5637
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Adrienne McCray
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
West Chester, OH 45069
Adrienne Y. McCray, DO Adrienne Y. McCray is a Psychiatrist in Ohio who has been practicing since 1998. She graduated from Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. Adrienne believes in a treatment approach that incorporates a biopsychosocial philosophy. In her spare time, Adrienne enjoys travel and reading.
Adrienne Y. McCray, DO Adrienne Y. McCray is a Psychiatrist in Ohio who has been practicing since 1998. She graduated from Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. Adrienne believes in a treatment approach that incorporates a biopsychosocial philosophy. In her spare time, Adrienne enjoys travel and reading.
(513) 654-6673 View (513) 654-6673
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Dr. Morgan Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, OH 45011  (Online Only)
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
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Angela Marie Strotman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
4 Endorsed
Hamilton, OH 45013
Waitlist for new clients
Everyone’s path to wellness can look much different. I view each person as an individual and create a plan that is unique to you and your struggles. I believe that anyone who takes the path to wellness deserves to have a voice and to be treated with respect and empowerment. I treat patients of all ages from 5+. I enjoy working with both children and adults. I am currently pursuing specialty certification in Perinatal Mental Health to treat women both during and after their pregnancy. I have also been certified in pediatrics and critical care as an RN. I strive to help patient's with their overall health.
Everyone’s path to wellness can look much different. I view each person as an individual and create a plan that is unique to you and your struggles. I believe that anyone who takes the path to wellness deserves to have a voice and to be treated with respect and empowerment. I treat patients of all ages from 5+. I enjoy working with both children and adults. I am currently pursuing specialty certification in Perinatal Mental Health to treat women both during and after their pregnancy. I have also been certified in pediatrics and critical care as an RN. I strive to help patient's with their overall health.
(513) 447-6083 View (513) 447-6083

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Number of Psychiatrists in Liberty Township, OH

< 10

Psychiatrists in Liberty Township, OH who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Medication Management
80% Trauma and PTSD
80% Sleep or Insomnia

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
100% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Liberty Township, OH see their clients

80% In Person and Online
20% Online Only

Gender breakdown

60% Female
40% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Liberty Township?

The Psychology Today Directory enables you to search specifically for psychiatrists, using the drop down provider menu in the navigation bar, by city or zip code, or by the name of the psychiatrist. Search results provide detailed profiles of professionals, including their treatment approach and areas of expertise. In addition, listings provide important information about each psychiatrist’s credentials, fees, payment options, and insurance affiliations. Directory users can select psychiatrists who meet an array of personally-desired criteria, such as familiarity with a specific community or condition.

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

Psychiatrists are medical specialists who focus on understanding, diagnosing, and treating diseases of the brain and disorders of the mind and behavior. As physicians, psychiatrists are trained to recognize the often-subtle biological causes of mental disorders and to monitor the effects of mental disturbances on physical conditions, such as heart disease. Psychologists are especially attuned to the influence of early experience on development and behavior, emotional and cognitive processes, the nature of personality, and social functioning. They are also trained to deploy an array of psychological tests—IQ tests, personality tests, behavioral assessments—to gauge a person’s functioning.

What is a psychiatric nurse practitioner?

A psychiatric nurse practitioner, also known as a mental health nurse practitioner, is a registered nurse who completes advanced training in psychiatric care, earning either a master’s or doctoral degree in psychiatric nursing, and in the U.S., passes a national certification exam. Like psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health conditions. In some locales, psychiatric nurse practitioners can offer the full range of psychiatric care, including prescribing and managing medication. In other places, they must work in collaboration with a physician.

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed psychiatrist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and counselors. All psychiatrists listed in the directory have a valid license issued by the state(s) in which they practice and are certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some individuals or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

Can a psychiatrist prescribe medication?

Psychiatrists are licensed medical doctors who are trained to recognize the many ways body processes affect the functioning of the brain and mind. As physicians, they can prescribe medication. Patients who are prescribed medications will typically need to continue to see a psychiatrist so that the effects of the medication can be monitored. For many psychiatric conditions, including common disorders such as anxiety and depression, the preferred treatment is combination therapy—medication accompanied by psychotherapy.

Do psychiatrists offer therapy?

Psychiatrists are generally trained in a number of treatment modalities, including psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and, increasingly, somatic therapies. Typically, psychiatrists make a diagnosis and determine a course of treatment based on chemical or biological factors, using lab tests, brain scans and physical and psychological evaluations. While psychotherapy may be used in the first session to aid in diagnosis, it is not typically utilized in subsequent visits. In fact, after the introductory session, most sessions with a psychiatrist may only be 15-20 minutes in length and are largely focused on medication management. Many psychiatrists who do not offer psychotherapy work collaboratively with psychologists and other mental health clinicians and can refer clients seeking talk therapy to those providers.

How do I know if I need a psychiatrist or a therapist?

It is not always easy to know which type of mental health practitioner to choose. Many people are unaware of the root of their mental or behavioral problem. One way many people learn which type of care is best for them is by seeing their primary care provider first. Depending on the nature and severity of the symptoms, the physician may review their medical history or perform medical tests to determine whether biological factors are involved before making a referral. It is not necessary for a person to know precisely what type of care they need in order to seek help. Many psychiatrists and psychologists refer clients to each other depending on client needs.

Do I need a referral to see a psychiatrist?

A referral to a psychiatrist is often not required. However, seeing your primary care physician first can be helpful and actually prove to be a shortcut to getting what you need. Your PCP may have a clear idea whether psychiatric help is needed and/or which kind of mental health care would be most beneficial and refer you to the right type of practitioner. For that reason alone, some psychiatrists require a referral. Further, many insurance plans require a referral from a PCP if they cover all of part of the cost of seeing a specialist; if, however, you are paying out of pocket, you may not need a referral. In any case, a referral may speed the process of securing an appointment with a psychiatrist, especially in areas where there is a shortage of mental health specialists and new patients face long waits for appointments.